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10 Public Transportation Safety Tips Canada

There are so many advantages to taking public transportation in Canada! For many, it’s the most economical way to travel to work, school, shopping, and appointments. Compared to owning and maintaining a car, public transportation can save up to $10,000 a year! We want to share some public transportation safety tips Canada for every time you ride.

Public transportation is also one of the greenest ways to get from one place to another. Busses, subways, trains, and streetcars cause far less pollution than gasoline passenger cars. And when the transportation is powered by low- or zero-emissions vehicles, it’s even better for the environment.

Risks of using public transportation in Canada

People that ride public transit are statistically safer than those who take private vehicles. Both the risk of personal injury and property injury are lower. But there are still some potential dangers and it’s good to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your belongings when you travel on public transportation.

10 public transportation safety tips Canada

#1: Plan your trip

Using an app or map, plan your trip before you leave. Here is a full public transportation guide that can help you to start if you are new in Canada – Explore guide. Make sure you know where and when you will be getting onto transit, what transfers you need to make, and how long you expect to wait at each stop.

If you need to walk from one stop to another, choose a route that is well lit where others are also walking.

#2: Be ready and in the right place for the bus

Stand in an area where you can be seen by the bus driver, and where it is clear that you want to board the bus. Have your children close to you and ready to get on the bus, and make sure you have all your packages and bags with you.

If you have a stroller or are using a wheelchair, make sure there is nothing hanging on the handles or sides that could catch on the doors as you enter the bus.

#3: Keep an eye on your bags and packages

Keep your bags and packages close to you and watch them. Teach your children to hold their bags rather than placing them on a bench or the ground (if possible).

#4: Do not display your valuables

If you have valuable electronics, jewellery, or anything else, try to keep it out of sight. You may need to check your phone for bus times, delays, or messages, but then it’s a good idea to put it away in a pocket that closes.

#5: Move to a different spot if you feel unsafe

If someone or something is making you feel unsafe, move away. You may choose to move closer to another group, closer to a light, or closer to a help phone or emergency button.

#6: Stay alert to what is going on around you

Always pay attention to your surroundings. Do not use noise cancelling headphones, as this may stop you from hearing a warning or noticing something unsafe.

It’s nice to pass the time while waiting or riding playing a game, reading, or streaming a show. But only do this if you can also notice what is happening around you.

#7: Learn the safe way to exit transit in an emergency

Whenever you board transit, notice where the emergency exits are. If there is an emergency, leave as quickly and safely as possible. Do not try to bring your bags or packages with you.If you are waiting at an underground station, look for the exit signs and doors that say Emergency Exit Only. Use these if you need to leave in an emergency.

#8: Know who to call for help

It’s always OK to ask for help! If you are waiting at a stop or station and you (or someone else) are having an emergency, call 911. There may also be a help phone nearby that you can use or ask someone to call for help.

If there is an emergency while riding a bus, train, streetcar, or subway, hit the red emergency button. Usually, this will connect you to an operator that you can speak to and ask for help. If there is no operator, call 911.

Some stops may also have security people that you can ask for help, especially in places like colleges and universities. There may be emergency phones. All you need to do is lift the handle of the emergency phone and follow the directions to ask for help. It may also be called a help phone.

#9: How to leave the bus safely

When you are near your stop, get ready to leave the bus. Have your children ready with their hands free (if possible). Collect your packages and bags. If you need to request the stop, pull the cord or press the Stop button.

All bus, streetcar, subway, and train doors may open into the vehicle. Do not stand in the way of the doors opening. When you leave, watch your step, as there is often a gap between the vehicle and the station or stop.

Keep walking until you are safely out of the way of the vehicle before stopping.

#10: What to do if you get lost

It is very common to get lost once or twice, especially if you are in a new city or on a new route. Stay calm. Make sure you have your children, packages, and bags with you. If there is a driver, go to them and explain that you are lost and need help.

If there is no driver, or you cannot get to them, you can ask another passenger for help. If they don’t want to talk to you, try to ask a different passenger.

You can also use the maps app on your phone to see where your current location is, and then use it to navigate to your location.

Use these public transportation safety tips Canada every day

As you use public transit and practice these public transportation safety tips Canada, you’ll get more confident. Soon, you’ll be able to help someone else when they get lost!

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